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Inspiring Stories from Plano

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars of Plano and surrounding areas below.

Lea Nyland

I have always been creating and altering garments for as long as I remember,. Everyone would constantly tell me that I was going to become a fashion designer. So much so that in my teenage years I completely distanced myself from creating anything because I wasn’t going to let anyone tell me what to do and what to become. Read more>>

Amy Rattleff

I’m a born and raised Texas girl all the way. As a decorative painter, I love to make things pretty (including myself) so when I was presented with the opportunity to launch an on-line boutique,which seemed like the perfect fit, I went for it. I love clothes, shoes, accessories and run on lots and lots of creamer (with a touch of coffee). Read more>>

Amber Cabral

A native Detroiter, my interest in the Diversity and Inclusion space began long before I had any idea this work could be a career. I just remember being frustrated by all the people of color at my job working in hourly roles – myself included – and all the salaried management being white. Read more>>

Rachel McGowan

My first experience with photography came when I received a camera as a gift back in 2009. I immediately began taking pictures of all my friends and family, and quickly fell in love with capturing and immortalizing those special moments. Once I realized that I wanted to turn my passion into a career, I began learning and fine tuning my craft, and officially established Guiding Arrow Photography in 2016. Read more>>

Jason Young

I am from Los Angeles, CA and previously worked with Nordstrom for 17 years. I had 12 different assignments with Nordstrom causing me to live in 3 states and move 7 times in the first 10 years. I spent the last 7 years as the GM of the store at Stonebriar Centre. Read more>>

Kelly Barker

The idea came to us in August of 2013 when we realized there was a huge gap in the marketplace in skincare for girls. Both Carole and I have daughters, so after searching with no luck for safe products that would be fun for our daughters to use, we decided we should develop our own products. Read more>>

Nancie & Pat Przada

First, thank you for the opportunity to share a bit about ourselves and our business! Our story, well…life sometimes forces a change in your projected path. No matter how meticulously you may have planned your career trajectory or your life’s goals, sometimes a crazy turn or an upheaval winds up bringing you a bounty of blessings. Read more>>

Sarah Hickey

I was a former Speech Language Pathology Assistant for 2 pediatric home health companies and truly loved my job. However, with rejection letters from grad school, I was so discouraged, I started painting on the side as a way of letting out my emotion which then turned into a hobby. Read more>>

Jazmyn Ray-Maynard

I was born in Dallas adopted and raised in Plano. I have always been very artistic, from selling paintings to doing photography and dance. When I was 17 years old I was scouted by this company called AMTC to become a model. I am very short, 4’11” , I never thought modeling would be a possibility. Read more>>

Tristan Skiles, Tiffany Haynes

We, Tristan Skiles and Tiffany Haynes, are the founders of Beyond Routine, LLC. We run a very successful Real Estate Virtual Assistant Company. The Virtual Assistant company started with one person and has grown to into a full staff, supporting entire real estate teams and brokerages. Read more>>

Deborah Treece

We purchased the store in 2011 from a company that was closing this branch down, as it wasn’t doing that well in the Texas Market. Since then with a lot of hard work, we have tripled the original business. We started with 6 employees and today have 13. Read more>>

Swetha Reddy, Cruz Talamantes

We are a small group of Foodies and engineers with decades of experience working in corporate America and travelling the world as well as experience running restaurants. After graduating from schools across USA like SMU, NMSU, Kellogs & UTD we went our ways and work took us east and west, north and south across the seas – more or less across the globe! Read more>>

Courtney Long

I began my journey as a makeup artist almost 21 years ago. At the time I was 18 and modeling in the DFW area. I was working with a local photographer whom I did a lot of test shooting with so I was always doing my own makeup. I had been doing this long enough to know exactly what would look good with which lighting and really enjoyed the artistic aspect of creating different looks. Read more>>

Annia Jenkins

Louisiana natives, mother-daughter duo, Annia Jenkins and Cynthia Hightower-Jenkins accepted for themselves the monumental task of introducing and assimilating into the Dallas Metroplex, the true essence of the phenomenally-festive Mardi Gras culture, season and celebrations. Read more>>

Shanelle Fisher

As a wife, a mother of two young children, and a full time attorney, I was burnt out from my every day tasks, and was craving a way to reconnect with other women, as well as find something that brought me joy, outside of my family. So, in 2016, I started a brunch club with some of my friends and I chronicled my experiences on my social media. Read more>>

Tom Nguyen

As many others nail professionals, I start working in neighborhoods salons and I heard all negative feedbacks from clients so I want to change that experience to better service my client needs. With the love of nail art, I opened NailStudioByTom in August 2015 and wanted to take my nail experience to another level by providing trendy nail art. Read more>>

J Dicks

I worked in restaurants for 10 years, of which my favorite place was one I worked with my brother in Daytona Beach Florida called J’s Island Patio Grill. I took a 16 year break from the hospitality industry and entered Corporate America (healthcare industry) where I held many leadership roles, finished my bachelors degree and also gained my Masters (MBA) from Texas A&M. Read more>>

LuAnn Daniel

LuAnn Daniel’s career in Diagnostic Imaging has spanned more than three decades. She’s always had a passion for breast cancer awareness, and was inspired to take that passion to a higher level after she lost her dear friend, Susan Hicks, to breast cancer. Daniel founded Women Rock in December 2010, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to underinsured and underprivileged women to obtain breast imaging services. Read more>>

Kevin Drawe

I have a huge sweet tooth and wanted to bring a new concept with a unique twist of desserts to Dallas! As a child, my fondest memory included summer trips to Taiwan with my family. While visiting, my family often frequented Taiwanese dessert shops, which were unique in design and products. Read more>>

Neal Mackey

In 2012 I (Neal) was running all day to day operations for a local decorative concrete company were I’d been working for 7 years. I knew a lot about concrete on a large scale (pouring driveways and sidewalks,) but nothing about using it for furniture. Read more>>

Tristan Cooper

The idea of VendiBean was inspired when I was studying late for finals at UT Austin and realized there were no high-quality coffee options available for the productive individual on-the-go. At the end of the night I called my sister to catch up and tell her about the idea / problem I had. Read more>>

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